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Black woodpecker

Black woodpecker (Dryocopos martius)

  • Gleb Berloff
Walking around in search of mushrooms in a young pine forest and making a huge racket as a result, I was amazed to see a huge black woodpecker feeding just 15 meters away from me. I managed to take several pictures of it, trying to move extra slowly, before it flew off into another part of the forest. I was really amazed to have gotten this close, since I already made up my mind during this summer as a notoriously shy and secretive bird. The second time we surprised each other, making it fly off across a lake into mature pine stands. I knew they were in the region- I might have seen this one two years ago, but could never photograph it
Tuchkovo, Russia
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Dryocopos martius
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Sony DSC-H400
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Opus Editor
How the heck did you even see it? Nicely spotted and captured.
You did well to spot it and to get such a good shot.
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Very hard to spot in the darkness of a forest.... how well you've done to get this picture Gleb!!!

Many thanks for showing him to us lad - we don''t see these coming into the Gallery that often.
Thank you! I saw it when it flew across my field of vision and settled on a tree. My shutter speed made the image dark as well- it wasn't that dark in the forest. I was really surprised as well. Yes, true- I always do take it with me, after I found an extremely rare mushroom and couldn't photograph it

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